Reports state 2 freighters have gone aground in 1 week at the entrance to the port of Barranquilla, Columbia. The 40,709 dwt freighter Chios Wind went aground with 25,000 metric tons of grain aboard. The 53,632 dwt freighter Magnum Power was reporated aground earilier. The grounded vessels has blocked all commerical traffic to and out of the port. One report states the cause of the groundings is due to the build up of a sand bank at the entrance to the channel. Harbour officials have stated the cause was due to the current, the underpowered vessels and lack of seamanship of the masters of each vessel. A tug has been requested to help free both vessels. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
The 4350 dwt tanker Stella Wega becamed disabled off Flushing, Netherlands after an engine failure. The tugs Multratug 3 and Multratug 5 arrived on scene and towed the Stella Wega to Flushing. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
The 131,000 dwt boxship CMA CGM Libra went aground at the port of Xiamen, China. The 363 meter long vessel grounding was severe resulting with more than 10 degree list at high tide. The company has started salvage plans. No injuries or pollution has been released.
Update: May 27th, the CMA CGM Libra was successfully refloated. Initial reports state the vessel did not suffer any hull damage and is proceeding to Hong Kong.